Academy News

Privilege Seat Application Window – Academic Year 2019/20

Message from the Local Authority regarding the privilege seat application:

Dear Parent/Guardian

The dates for the privilege seat application window for academic year 2019 have been finalised. Should you wish to apply for a privilege seat for your child to use the school bus service you will need to apply between 9am on Monday 3rd June 2019 and 4pm on Friday 14th June 2019 for children in school years 0 – 11, only. You will not be able to apply for privilege seats for sixth form students (school years 12 – 14) at this time. Please note that the online form will only be live between the above times and that applications received outside of this window will not be accepted.

Further information on the privilege seat process can be found online, here: Please also note the FAQs, Code of Good Practice and Ticket Terms and Conditions sections available via this webpage.

If you scroll to the bottom of the above webpage you will see the bus services for which you can apply. This information will be live from 9am on Monday 3rd June 2019. Should the service you require not be listed you will not be able to apply for that service at this time.

Do bear in mind that making an application for a privilege seat does not guarantee a seat on the school bus. Privilege seat ticket prices are set costs as follows.

- Up to a full term £130.00

- Up to half a term £65.00

- Up to a full term AM or PM only £65.00

- Up to half a term AM or PM only £32.50

Should you have any queries please contact the Transport Team at the Council via email: or telephone: 823780.

Louis achieves place at prestigious London Dance School

12th April 2019

Year 11 student, Louis Harris has achieved a place at the Rambert School of Ballet and Dance on a scholarship, one of the hardest contemporary dance schools to get into in the UK.

Louis is in his final year at the Academy and about to start his GCSEs. Last year he achieved an A grade in his A Level Dance exam. He has worked exceptionally hard to get to where he has and taken every opportunity including working as a Dance Ambassador for Pineapple Dance Studios, and attending dance competitions around the country. He also helps choreograph the 100 + team of Rock Challenge students and is Head Boy at the Academy.

His time at the school will be tough as training is intense and includes long days as well as evening rehearsals and performances. But this doesn’t put Louis off. ‘I don't think it has sunk in yet! I am ecstatic that I have been offered a place to study at such a prestigious dance school. I couldn't have done it without all the support from Ryde Academy and the wonderful Miss Seaton, my dance teacher, the Principal, Mrs Ballard, and of course my amazing mum who is always by my side. Now for new opportunities and a life surrounded by what I love!

His mum, Christine Harris, said ‘I am absolutely delighted that Louis got into Rambert. It was his first choice and he has worked so hard and deserves this so much. I couldn't be prouder’.

Principal, Joy Ballard said: ‘So many of our students have remarkable and wide ranging talents, it is just wonderful to see Louis who is such a humble and hardworking young man achieve his dreams. We are all extremely proud of him and share his family's joy.'

Family Learning - Easter Pots

11 Apr 2019

Families joined Mrs Baxter for two art sessions. In the first they made ceramic pots with an Easter theme and in the second, they decorated them before adding a plant and chocolate Easter bunny! Look out for more Family Learning activities after Easter on our Family Learning page.

Eric Campros Dance Workshop

5th March 2019

In February we hosted an advanced contemporary lyrical dance class with Eric Campros who travelled all the way from New York. He is a teacher at the world famous Broadway Dance Centre and Yale University, has danced for Britney Spears and Usher and trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

The students were hugely inspired by his class and many were pushed outside of their comfort zones technically, expressively and emotionally. The class finished with a Q&A session where he gave advice on confidence, booking jobs, training and his journey into the professional dance world.

You can also see one of our students, Louis, performing at the workshop on our YouTube channel